Tambopata & Manu Birding Tours - Macaw Clay Lick Trips

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Price
2350$ per person
Duration
8 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2+

The Full Birding Experience TambopataClay Licks

A best-designed trip for birdwatchers includes hotspots in the Andes and birding along the Manu Road, Cloud Forest, foothill forest, palm forest, lakes specialties and finalizes at the largest clay lick in Tambopata – Chuncho. A complete tour along the Southern Peru from the Andes to the Lowland Rainforest.
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What's included

Destination
Manu National Park , Tambopata Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels, Airport, Bus Station
Return Location
Exit to Puerto Maldonado Airport
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Best available Lodges in the area
  • Birdlist of the Location
  • Box lunch
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
  • Illustrated map of Manu National Park
  • Macaw Clay Lick Entrances Tickets
  • Nights at Cock of the Rock Lodge
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Specialized Birding Guide with Spotting scope
  • Touristic Transportation
  • Unlimited Purified Water
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • International flights
  • Nights on Single Supplement
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Birding Journey, Manu & Tambopata Clay Licks

You will be able to explore Manu Biosphere Reserve and enjoy the spectacular bird diversity and magnificent scenery a transect running from the Andes to the Lowland rainforest passes through a wide range of habitats. A fascinating journey from the Andes down into the heart of cloud forest and area that supports an incredible number of species up 1000 species have been reported, this is truly a paradise of birds and probably the route of the greatest avian diversity in the world. Our Tambopata & Manu  Birding Tour 8 days.  Includes the Chuncho Clay Lick in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve that offers the most stunning wildlife spectacles in the world.

Habitats Covered -Manu & Tambopata Birding Tours

For a productive experience, we have ultimately designed an exclusive birding tour that includes the Chuncho Clay Lick in Tambopata, you will be also able to explore a diverse type of forest that holds unique birds. These habitats are exclusively visited by our local guides to gather a bunch of uncommon species along the route.

The Chuncho Clay Lick – Tambopata

The clay lick is one of the largest in Tambopata meaning that provides birdwatchers with the chance to see more of the colorful large macaws than anywhere else, the bright reds and green of the Macaws feathers stand out against the muddy wall. These birds are mostly macaws, though smaller parrots and mealies of all sorts group at the clay lick as well.

The Palm forest at Guadalupe Reserve

The Mauritia palm forest at Guadalupe Lodge gives an incredible contrast, as known locally the Aguajales (Mauritia palm forest) form a complex swamp habitat and permanently wet swampy areas.

This complexity gives rise to the high diversity of birds essentially psittacines including;  Blue-headed macaw (Pionus couloni) Blue and Yellow Macaw, Red Bellied Macaw, Sulphury Flycatcher, Point-tailed palm creeper which is found in the remoter and more extensive areas.

Foothill Colinas Forest.

Birding on the higher part of the hills it’s quite interesting. The birds that are regularly seen are.  Golden collared toucanet, fascinated antshrike, red-billed pied tanager, ornate Antwren, rusty belted tapaculo, Semi-collared puffbird, masked, yellow backed, green and gold, paradise tanagers, pavonine cuckoo, military macaws. If you are lucky some raptors;  harpy eagle, Buckley’s and barred forest falcon. The bird species recorded over this location can be found in Ebird as Reserva Ecologica Guadalupe

Bamboo Forest

This is a type of forest that should not be missed while doing a Birdwatching Tour in Manu. Bamboo thickets in western Amazonia provide an important habitat for several bird species, some of which may be restricted to such thickets communities.
The species that can see there are Rufous Headed Woodpeckers, White Cheeked Tody-flycatcher, Peruvian Recurbill, Ornate Antwren, Large Headed Flat Bill, Manu Antbird, Dot Winged Antwren, Dusky Cheecked Foliage Gleaner, and others.

The Lagoon in Patria

We exclusively use this location during our Birding Tours, it also holds second-growth specialists and the endemic Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher.

Great number of migrants and shores birds were reported over that location; Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Osprey, Least grebe, Yellowlegs, Stilts, Semipalmated Plover. Earlier reports of Southern Lapwing, Brazilian Teal, and Southern CaraCara.

The most common birds of the lagoon are, Hoatzin, Flycatchers, woodpeckers, herons kingfishers, Amazonian Antpitta, Silvered Antbird, little cuckoo, and Black Billed Seedfinch, nowadays this location holds a record around of 80 species in EBird.

Blanquillo Oxbow Lake

This habitat attracts a large number of aquatic birds and shores birds; Purus jacamar, egrets, herons, kingfishers, rails, crakes, screamers, flycatchers.

Manu Cloud Forest – Cock of the Rock lodge

During our Tambopata & Manu Birding Tours. You will be able to stay one night in the middle of the cloud forest at 1,500 meters elevation at Cock of the Rock Lodge. Far beyond what birds do for cloud forests we can only begin to imagine what cloud forests do for birds. Cloud forests sustain an impressive diversity of endemic and near-endemic species, see the list at Ebird.

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Day 1

Cusco - Cock of the Rock Lodge

Driving uphill we will reach the high mountains which is locally known as Puna, we will be searching diligently for Sedge Wren, Line Fronted and Junin Canastero, while descending the Acjanacu Pass (1066 feet) the vegetation is scattered and we will look for birds of this habitat such as; Chestnut Bellied, Hooded, Scarlet Bellied Mountain-Tanager and the bird’s flocks that travel at this misty forest are quite productive also to find some specialists at this elevation, Crimson Mantled Woodpecker, Plushcap, White Banded & throated Tyrannulet, Pearled Treerunner, Puna Thistletail, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Sierran Eleania, Golden Collared, Grass Green, Blue Capped Tanagers, Band-tailed and Barred Fruiteater, Streaked Tuftedcheeck, Purple Backed Thornbill among others in the mixed flocks as they are more frequently to find them flying across the road. Other interesting targets at Tuneles and Esperanza location are; Gray Breasted Mountain-Toucan, Chestnut Crested Cotinga the Endemic Red and White Antpitta, while transecting along the Cloud Forest as we keep driving down into the mountain the vegetation will gradually have changed into a denser vegetation it holds bird’s species like Golden Headed Quetzals, Stripe-faced Wood-quail, Yungas Pigmy Owl, Blue-Banded Toucanet, Collared Jay Mountain Cacique, Greater Scythebill.

At Much lower target bird would be the Cock of the rocks (Peru’s national bird) it more easy to find them while they are displaying at their lek, (the male birds are a vibrant reddish-orange, and as many as several dozen get together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek)

After this fascinating experience we will be searching diligently for more species that are still found at this high; Yungas Manakin, Versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Streak Necked Flycatcher, Andean Motmot, Green Jay among others.  If lucky enough we may see the lyre tailed night during dusk. Overnight at Cock of the Rock Lodge

Day 2

Cock of the Rock Lodge - Guadalupe Lodge

Today we wake up very early to observe the Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant reddish-orange, and as many as several dozen get together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called “Lek”
After this we will visit the flowers/feeders that attract hummingbirds, we will be able to see the following species; Booted Racket Tail, Wire crested Thorntail, Green Hermit, Many Spotted Hummingbird, Violet Fronted Brilliant, White-Bellied Woodstar, Peruvian Pied tail, Long-Tailed Sylph, Wedge Billed Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird, and the common Sparkling Violetear.  Along the walk, we can also see and heard species like White-crowned Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin, Crested Quetzal, Striped Faced Wood-Quail and the Black and Chestnut Hawk-Eagle. 
During the afternoon we will sadly leave the lodge to look for target species along the road, Chestnut-breasted Wren, Cinnamon Faced Tyrannulet, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Masked Trogon, Crimson Bellied Woodpecker, Black Streaked Puffbird, Tanagers, Brown Tinamou, and possibly Lanceolated Monklet, Peruvian Piedtail and the Yellow Breasted Antwren.  Continuing the journey, we pass by swamp that is packed by Hoatzins known as pre-historic birds due its appearance, most of the bird sights here are also; Brazilian Teals, Southern Lapwings, Flycatchers, Amazon, Green Kingfishers, Little, Lineated and Spot Breasted Woodpeckers, Capped Heron, Little Cuckoo, Silvered Antbird, Purple Gallinule and many more.

If lucky enough we may see the umbrella as far driving down the mountains we will arrive at our lodge Guadalupe just on time to see the nightjars (Common Pauraque) these elusive birds used to catch insect during dusk, the road it’s by far the best place to see them.

Day 3

Guadalupe Lodge - Bamboo and Foothill Forest

We will wake up with the amazing variety of birds call that emerges out from the forest, the most frequently heard are specialist from bamboo forest, Mustached and Scaly Breasted Wren, Golden Bellied and Buff Rumped Warbler, Warbling Antbird, Dot Winged Antwren, Bluish Fronted Jacamar, Manu, Striated, White Line Antbird, Stripe Chested Antwren among others calls you heard coming just behind your cabins, we also heard the calls of the Blue and Yellow Macaws over flying during the sunrise.  We explore the bamboo forest interior that holds a unique collection of birds, our expert guides will do their best to shows us the jewel of the dense bamboo thickets " White Checked Tody-flycatcher" the birding at the bamboo Forest Patch its quite Interesting for cool and challenging birds such as; Red-billed Scythebill, Bamboo Antshrike, Ornate, White-Eyed and Dot Winged Antwren, Peruvian Recurbill, Dusky Cheeked, Ruddy , Buff Throated Foliage Gleaner, Large Headed Flatbill, Manu and Black Antbird, the Unmistakable Rufous Headed Woodpecker, Yellow-Billed Nunbird.

During the afternoon we explore another complex forest type to explore would be the foothill forest that is quite good to spot the Golden Collared Toucanet, Fasciated Antshrike, Red-Billed Pied, Masked, Green & Gold, Yellow-Bellied, Yellow Crested, Yellow Backed Tanagers, round tailed Manaki. All used to be spotted while flocking up and few other unexpected Forest Falcons and large predators such as Harpy Eagle. The understory at this type of forest that hold incredible species like; Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Black Faced Antbird, Golden Bellied Warbler. Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge

Day 4

Guadalupe Lodge – Amazonia Lodge

Early in the morning, we will explore the Palm forest to look for specialties such as; Blue-Headed, Blue and Yellow Macaws, Sulphury Flycatchers, Dull capped Attila, White Vented Euphonia and band Tailed Manakin.  Our dining room at Guadalupe Lodge its privileged located, which provides wide view of the garden and the bamboo forest, while having breakfast we get views of the hummingbirds flying around the Heliconias and Berbenacea flowers; Golden Tailed Sapphire, Blue tailed Emerald, Rufous Breasted.  

We get ready to leave the Lodge by  midday , the road crosses a low set of hills where we get the Alto Madre de Dios River starts along the boat journey there will be chances to observe shore birds which often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars and we will keep a close watch raptor.
While we arrive to Amazonia trails and swamp we will be welcomed by the noisy and clumsy hoatzins which is one of the most commons birds next to the Black-Capped Donacobious, Horned Screamers, Blackish Rail, Black Billed Seed-Finch, Orange Backed Troupial, Red Capped Cardinal, Pale Eyed Blackbird, Rufous Sided Crake. Overnight at Amazonia Lodge.

Day 5

Amazonia Lodge – River Boat - Aguajal Lodge

This morning will be productive to observe the hummingbirds at the Lodge feeders, Rufous Crested Coquette, Golden Tailed Sapphire, Violet Headed Hummingbird, Koepcke’s Hermit, the feeders also attract other interring birds like; Gray Cowled Wood-rail, Oropendolas.  We sadly depart the lodge by midmorning and navigate the Alto Madre de Dios River where we will be observing more of shorebirds such as; egrets, terns, rosette spoonbills, plovers, and interesting raptors and vultures.
Arriving at the lodge by the afternoon foremost we shall take one of the trails in order to find species such as Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Foliage Gleaner, Pale Winged Trumpeter, Razor Billed Curassow, Aracaris, Spix’s Guan.  We will have the possibility to look for Spectacled Owl, Crested Owl, Tropical and Tawny Bellied Screech Owls, Ocellated Poorwill Overnight at Aguajal Lodge.  

Day 6

Oxbow Lake & Canopy Tower Blanquillo - Tambopata Lodge

On this morning, we explore the Camungo Oxbow Lake, the lake is open to explore paddling a Catamaran looking for Least Grebe, Black Collared Hawk, Sungrebe, Muscovy Duck, Rufous-sided Crake, Wattled Jacana, Green, and Rufous Kingfisher, Purus Jacamar, Hoatzin, Silvery Antbird, Horned Screamer. If we are lucky we might also see Giant Otters.

After the beautiful macaw show we will visit the canopy tower anchored in the giant Ceiba Tree a tower of 148 feet, from here we can observe the following species: Guira Tanager, Lemon Throated Barbet, Oropendolas, Caciques, Gilded Barbet, Woodcreeper and raptors among others interesting birds that flock on the upper level of the forest.

We start our way Out by motorboat somewhat 2 hours of navigation along the Madre de Dios River and passing by the Colorado mining town once over there we will switch to overland transport, all-terrain vehicle and drive towards Inambari River and the first driving  part will be along the high way while on the second part will be in a dirt route until we get to the Tambopata River near the limit to the reserve. Our boat will be waiting for us to take us 1 hour and 30 minutes up the Tambopata River crossing our Lodge and the checkpoint. We will have all the sunrise just for us in the boat, and we will have really good chances to spot shorebirds. Overnight at Tambopata Lodge

Day 7

Chuncho Clay Lick at Tambopata – Trails Exploration

Early wake up and start our journey upstream to the Macaw Clay Lick “El Chuncho” in Tambopata National Reserve. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries and wildlife of the riverbanks. At our arrival, we’ll set a breakfast and then we will be ready to observe one of the greatest wildlife spectacles where hundreds of parrots and different species of macaws gather to eat clay, first the parrots, mealy parrot, blue-headed, orange check, dusky headed, white-eyed and them the large macaws like the blue and yellow, red and green, scarlet macaw, this is an unforgettable experience.  In the middle morning, we return to the lodge to explore the trails and tower so The tower also offers good opportunity for Cream-colored Woodpecker, Gilded Barbet, Plum-throated Cotinga and Striolated Puffbird. Macaws and toucans are seen flying against the horizon, including the Chestnut-eared, Lettered, Emerald, Curl-crested, and Brown-mandible Aracaries. This is your best chance for hawk-eagles and even harpy!   Overnight at Tambopata Lodge.

Day 8

Tambopata Lodge – Puerto Maldonado Airport.

We start our boat and road journey back to the airport Puerto Maldonado, depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

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Equipment /Clothing Comments
Wellington BootsProvided at the lodge Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for your time in the Jungle.  You'll hopefully have noticed we asked for your shoe size on the application form;  this is so we can buy you some new ones in  Cusco ready for your departure so you don't have to  lug them with you.  However, please be aware that is difficult to get Wellington boots over European size 43  so if that's you please ensure you bring some with you.
Flip flops Useful for use  in the bathrooms and  for walking around the lodges.
T-shirts, cottonshirts and  a light sweatshirt You   should   bring   a   mix   of  short  and   long-sleeved   to protect your arms from  mosquito bites
Underwear Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.
Socks These should  be long and made from breathable wool to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.
Sunblock CreamSunGlasses

Insect Repellent

Fleece/Sweatshirt

at least 40 % DEET
Trousers  & shorts It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full-cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts.  Lighter
Waterproofraincoat/poncho Even in the dry season, the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!
Flashlights For night activities such as night walks, Caiman Search and for using when the power from the lodges runs off.
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Tambopata Clay Lick & Manu Birding Package

Price
2350$ per person
Duration
8 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2+

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